New York – New York City police charged one man in the horrific beating of a motorist in Manhattan after he got into an altercation with a motorcycle gang.
Christopher Cruz, 28, has been charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17 after he and a group of other bikers forced a motorist out of his SUV and beat him.
The assault on the 33-year-old man began around 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the West Side Highway after he got into an accident with one of the bikers around 125th Street. After the driver and motorcyclist pulled over, they were quickly surrounded by 20 to 30 bikers who began damaging the victim's Range Rover, police said.
The driver, who was traveling with his wife and toddler, struck two other bikers while fleeing, police said. The other bikers gave chase, pursuing him for about 2 1/2 miles, and again surrounded the Range Rover at a red light. They pulled the man from the SUV and beat him, police said.
The man was taken to a hospital where he required stitches to his face. His wife and child were not injured. The man was not charged.
Police said another biker suffered two broken legs after the SUV ran over him. A second biker suffered a leg injury.
Police believe some of the bikers belong to a gang known as "Hollywood Stuntz." They said the motorcyclists were part of a planned but unauthorized event in which hundreds of riders gathered outside of Manhattan, with the intent of driving into Times Square en masse.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.